In an unusually harsh statement, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday warned reckless people “not to become Corona agents” by flouting standards and risking the lives of others as the third wave of the pandemic was unleashed massively in the state.

Thackeray said that in the current wave, “the infection rate is very high” and it is essential to stop it as a priority without discussing whether it is dangerous or not, otherwise it could put tremendous pressure on it. state health infrastructure.

This is the reason why the state government has imposed further restrictions after discussions with the state Covid-19 task force, the center and the views of all concerned in the medical field. , did he declare.

“We don’t want to shut everything down with another lockdown. Laws and restrictions alone cannot help meet such challenges. Every citizen, regardless of their status in society, should strictly follow the rules of the service. health to ensure we can face a final fatal blow to the coronavirus, ”Thackeray said.

The chief minister added that instead of trying to stop life and livelihoods, it is imperative to get rid of the virus within the restrictions, which the government is enforcing through initiatives such as ” Break the Chain ”and Mission Begin Again.

While praising a majority of citizens who assiduously follow the directives, he tore off “the handle” of these irresponsible people who flout them.

“This will no longer be tolerated. The rules must be strictly followed. For violators, all agencies have been ordered to take strict action. Remember, this is for your own good so that we can all get out of it. sooner rather than later, ”Thackeray urged.

He pointed out that the healthcare system is already under pressure and that if the number of symptomatic or non-vaxxed patients increases, even oxygen demands will increase as they will need hospitalization.

Thackeray said in many places doctors, nurses and other frontline medical workers are also infected and “this is a warning to all.”

“We have increased all medical facilities over the past two years, but if the doctors also get sick, where are we going to get the manpower from? He asked, as hundreds of doctors, paramedics, police and others are grieved in the state.

Schools and colleges have come online again to make sure education doesn’t stop, and the chief minister urged “young friends” not to hang around believing unnecessarily in his vacation.

He also called on those who have not been vaccinated to be vaccinated immediately and warned that in areas with low inoculation, the state government will tighten restrictions further.

As of Monday, the government of Maharashtra imposed a statewide nighttime curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., in addition to a host of other daytime bans of five or more people together, and has extended the closure of schools and colleges until February 15, with the exception of class 10. -12 students who will take their board exams.

The government has reduced crowd limits for restaurants, cinemas, shopping malls, gymnasiums, salons, beauty salons, gatherings, events, weddings, funerals, closed swimming pools, limited visits to beaches, gardens, parks, playgrounds from 17 a.m. to 5 a.m.


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